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Clifford Chance LLP's practice covers hedge, private equity, real estate and registered funds; and it typically advises on the launch, registration and ongoing operation of investment funds, as well as assisting with regulatory and securities law. The team advised Allianz Real Estate (Asia Pacific branch) on its investment in Redwood Japan Logistics Fund II.  Ying White heads the funds and investment management group in China, focusing on onshore and offshore fund formation and offshore investments by Chinese institutions. Hong Kong's Mark Shipman is the global funds head and Matthias Feldmann leads the global hedge fund sub-sector.

Simmons & Simmons 'always provides instant response and support'. The practice is highly regarded for its advice to fund managers across Asia on hedge, private equity and exchange-traded funds, as well as other retail funds. The team assisted Man Group with the launch of its first onshore private securities investment fund in China. Beijing's Melody Yang focuses on fund formation; fund regulatory issues; fund investments by institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals and companies; managed account arrangements; and private equity investments. Yang is 'very responsive and detail minded and is able to coordinate different teams very well and stick to schedules'. In Hong Kong, Rolfe Hayden is Asia financial Markets head.

Baker McKenzie FenXun Joint Operation Office acts in a broad range of asset classes, including private equity, real estate, energy, infrastructure, mezzanine, hedge funds, debt and distressed assets. The practice was lead counsel to Gaw Capital Partners on the formation of its fifth flagship private equity real estate fund, Gateway Real Estate Fund V. Jason Ng is co-global funds group chair; and Milton Cheng and Edwin Wong are other key contacts.

'With expert knowledge of the China market and its link to US dollar investment funds', Shearman & Sterling LLP's 'team is very timely and diligent; it is also very knowledgeable about the region and able to anticipate needs and problems ahead of schedule'. The practice includes advising private equity, hedge and real estate funds as well as investment management firms on regulatory matters, new fund product designs and offerings of interests in private funds. Greater China head Lorna Xin Chen also leads the Asia asset management and investments funds practice and 'can always be relied on to get the job done'.

Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP is highly rated for its work on China-focused funds, including advising on the complex regulatory issues involved in fundraising for sponsors; and the team was recently very active in Asia real estate fund formation projects. It acted on the formation of a pan-Asia focused fund with $6bn in capital commitments from over 100 investors. Hong Kong's Adam Furber heads the firm’s Asia private funds practice.

Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP 'acts very professionally and provides prompt responses during negotiations'. The team advises investors, sponsors and strategic parties on the formation, capitalisation and operation of investment funds and fund managers, including venture funds and venture portfolio transactions. It acted for HOPU, a well-known private equity investor in China, in the establishment of the Hopu Fund III and related regulatory advice and filings. In 2017, Geoffrey Chan joined the Hong Kong office from Ropes & Gray LLP to lead the Asia Pacific investment management practice. To some, Chan is 'probably the most knowledgable fund formation counsel around'.

Cooley LLP opened a Beijing office in 2018; the launch brought in Xun Zeng, who has extensive experience in investment fund formation and fund management, including private equity, venture capital and hybrid funds, from Ropes & Gray LLP. Pang Lee in Shanghai is focused on venture capital, buy-out and special situation funds; and his Asian funds practice is particularly focused on fund managers making investments in China and India.

Morrison & Foerster LLP's team is 'very knowledgeable, friendly, and responsive'. The practice's core expertise lies in private equity funds and real estate funds. Hong Kong-based Jason Nelms, whose 'advice is very thorough yet distilled in a clear manner', focuses on fund formation work that is pan-Asian and international in scope; and Serena Tan assists with the formation, structuring and related activities of buyout, growth capital and venture capital funds as well as co-investment vehicles and other alternative investment funds. Tan 'has good technical and market knowledge'.

'Very professional and generous with its time and resources', Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's practice includes private equity sponsor fund formation and investor representation; private equity joint ventures; sophisticated hybrid funds; hedge funds; managed accounts; and regulatory advice. The key advisors are Sook Young Yeu and Scott Peterman in Hong Kong; Peterman is 'one of the most experienced fund lawyers in town, who demonstrates deep knowledge of fund restructuring and the local regulatory environment'.

'Valued greatly for its cost-efficiency', Paul Hastings LLP's 'overall level of service is outstanding, its excellent attorneys understand that clients' business usually requires immediate attention, and they always respond before deadlines'. The practice is best known for high-level real estate investment fund matters and fund formation. Beijing-based Meka Meng , who is 'particularly good', was promoted to partner and recently advised, along with the Hong Kong office, ICBC International Investment Management, on its investment in a fund sponsored by Hillhouse.

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